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Cao Fei

© Ge Ning / Fondation Louis Vuitton

Cao Fei

Born in 1978, Guangzhou (China)


Inspired by popular and traditional sources – film, advertising, manga, theatre – Cao Fei makes videos and multimedia installations that explore relations between the real world, a collective utopia and the personal aspirations of a young Chinese generation immersed in a new culture, marked by the economic boom and growing access to the Internet. 

In 2007 she began working with Second Life, a virtual platform created in 2003, through her avatar China Tracy, within an environment of symbolic, everyday objects, both Chinese and international. “Second Life is not just a work of art, it has become a meeting place for different spiritual areas of our lives,” explains the artist.

Selected Bibliography

[s.n.], « Hans Ulrich Obrist on Why Cao Fei Leads China’s “Postmedium” Generation », artspace.com/magazine/art_101/book_report/dca-hans-ulrich-obrist-on-cao-fei-53636, [consulté le 7 juin 2016] 31/03/2016, 2 p.

Hu, Fang ; Obrist, Hans Ulrich ; Hou, Hanru. Cao Fei : journey. Nürnberg : Kunsthalle ; Paris : Frac Ile-de-France, 2008. 

Thorel, Benjamin, « Cao Fei : l'aventure de soi = Cao Fei : the adventure of the self », Art press, n° 343, mars 2008, p. 40-43, mars 2008, 4 p.

Huijts, Stijn ; Cao Fei ; Hou Hanru... [et al.]. Cao Fei : PRD Anti-Heroes : [exhibition, Museum Het Domein Sittard, Sittard, Netherlands, 21 january-26 march 2006]. Sittard : Museum Het Domein, 2006. 

Obrist, Hans Ulrich, « Hans-Ulrich Obrist on Cao Fei », Artforum, janvier 2006, 2 p.

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